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Songwriting

Express Yourself

Our program addresses this craft on many levels from beginners to folks who have approached this art form for years. Our teachers are skilled, experienced, and full of inspiration.

Why bother writing songs?
Creative expression is good for you and good for the universe. Expressing yourself musically and searching for your truths and motivations makes you a more compassionate person and pours positive energy back into the universe.

New to songwriting? Songwriting: Fundamentals is a great place to start.

Songwriting: Fundamentals

Beginner

Tuesday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Own the keys that will unlock the songs within you.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Songwriting: Continuing Work

Intermediate

Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Expand the range of your self-expression through songs.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Finish Your Damn Songs!

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

6 Songwriting Memos for the New Millennium

Advanced

Sue offers this class when she is in town.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Your Creative Process: 7 Questions

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Songwriter's Circle Online with Daniel Connolly

WorkshopOpen to All

Wednesday with Daniel Connolly

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $12 ($10 members)

Give and get feedback on original music.

Location: Online

Better Melodies for Songwriters

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Tuesday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Location: Online

Ear training: Basic Chord Changes

Open to All

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Home Recording Studio for Singer-Songwriters

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

How To Write a Song That Matters with Dar Williams

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Friday with Staff

180 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $75 ($73 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Songwriting Geography: Verses, Choruses, Refrains, Pre-Choruses, Bridges, and More!

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Location: Online

Songwriting Spotlight: The Beatles' Revolver

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Location: Online

Songwriting: Simple Arrangements

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $248 ($228 members)

Write Four New Original Songs in 80 Minutes

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Charles Kim

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Location: Online

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$336 for 30 minutes ($326 for members)

$480 for 45 minutes ($465 for members)

$616 for 60 minutes ($596 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 08/29/2022 – 10/23/2022

Monday 07/11/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/25/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/27/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/24/2022 – 12/18/2022

Monday 09/19/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/03/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/05/22: Open registration

8-week lessons: 01/02/2023 – 02/26/2023

Monday 11/14/22: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 11/28/22: Transfer registration

Wednesday 11/30/22: Open registration


Teachers

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Liz Chidester »
Ukulele, Wiggleworms Program, Voice, Piano, Guitar, School Partnerships

Steve Dawson »
Guitar, Songwriting

Sue Demel »
Songwriting, Voice

Deanna Devore »
Guitar, Songwriting

Charles Kim »
Bass, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele (including Baritone), Mandolin

Shelley Miller »
Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Jacob Sweet »
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele